Returns a Boolean value indicating whether cookies are enabled or not (read-only).


var cookieEnabled = navigator.cookieEnabled;
  • cookieEnabled is a Boolean true or false.


if (!navigator.cookieEnabled) { 
  // let the user know that enabling cookies makes the web page much more useful


Specification Status Comment
WHATWG HTML Living Standard
The definition of 'Navigator.cookieEnabled' in that specification.
Living Standard Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes)[1] (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 1.0 (1.0)[1] ? ? ?

[1] Prior to Gecko 8.0 (Firefox 8.0 / Thunderbird 8.0 / SeaMonkey 2.5), window.navigator.cookieEnabled would report the wrong result if a site exception was in place for the page on which the check was performed. This has been fixed.

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